Layoffs At CNL Chalk River


Layoffs are hitting one of the Ottawa Valley’s biggest employers. 

Canadian Nuclear Labroatories in Chalk River is cutting 150 jobs.  90 of those will be layoffs, and another 60 are contract employees whose terms will not be extended.  

President and CEO Mark Lesinski issued a statement late Tuesday, saying they needed to make changes to modernize, stay competitive, and maintain their position as a world class nuclear science and technology organization.    

“Over the past several years, CNL has been working to revitalize the Chalk River Laboratories site and modernize our operations to ensure that we maintain our position as a world-class nuclear science and technology organization. In carrying out this work, CNL has a clear responsibility to operate in the safest, most efficient and cost-effective manner possible", Lesinski said.

"With these objectives in mind, CNL recently conducted a review of its internal operations, and has recognized the need to make changes to its business practices. While we’ve already implemented a number of measures that have reduced costs, including adjustments to the way we manage travel, training and unfilled vacancies, further changes are still required. In order to remain competitive and operate in a financially sustainable manner, CNL must also consolidate skills and human resources to deliver its work more efficiently", he added.

Lesinski adds the decision was not easy, and says support is being provided to all involved. 

"This decision was not easy, and the entire executive team at CNL recognizes just how difficult this will be for everyone who is affected by this announcement. I want to assure you that these reductions were made with the utmost care and consideration for everyone involved, and that we value the hard work of all of our employees, past and present. As these workforce adjustments are implemented, we will help our employees through this challenging period, including the delivery of personal counselling, career coaching and other support services. Furthermore, the changes that will be undertaken will at no time negatively affect safety, compliance or security and we confirm that all regulatory requirements will continue to be met or exceeded", said Lesinski.

Lesinski says the changes will allow CNL to focus more sharply on its core activities including nuclear products and services for the commercial market, and ongoing environmental cleanup activities at the Chalk River site.